Dear Friends in Christ,
When the pandemic forced us to close our doors in March 2020, we thought it would just be a minor hiccup in our ministry. We never imagined that 3 years later we would still need to adapt our programming. “Adapt” is the key word in that sentence, however. We are proud to say that even a global pandemic couldn’t keep Ascension from sharing the Good News! Our ministry shifted into digital and hybrid forms over the last year+. One silver lining has been that we are now able to reach people all over the globe in worship, Bible Study, and other activities. We were compelled to learn so much about technological opportunities for outreach, and it greatly strengthened our congregation. We were financially challenged by quarantines, safety restrictions, reduced rental income, and lower PreK enrollment. Through government grants, careful financial management, and the generous support of our members, we’ve weathered the storm. We are so grateful to say that in many ways, Ascension has come through the Covid-19 ordeal stronger than before. As we look forward to 2023, we need you now more than ever.
As we enter the new year, there is no expectation of additional government grant funding to aid in our expenses. While our Preschool continues to be strong, it still has not returned to pre-pandemic enrollment levels . Outside groups are returning, but our rental income has not completely rebounded. Accordingly, we must rely primarily on member support to keep ministry flowing. Please prayerfully consider your financial support for the coming year. You can fill out the online form to the right to submit a 2023 pledge at any time. We give God thanks for your generosity and look forward to another exciting year of ministry!
Yours in Christ,
Pastors Justin, Flora and Patty